Orchestral Strings English

Listed only by Irwin, who says:

This stop-name is used to refer to a series of two, three, or more ranks of small-scaled Viole d'Orchestre pipes at 8' on the manuals. It may be tuned as a complex céleste, or all pipes may be at the normal pitch. Each rank may have its own stop key, or they may all be controlled by a group key. This is a favorite residence organ stop as well as concert and theater organ stop. The more realistic specimens are not too loud and have a moderately slow undulation.


All known examples are given below.

Orchestral Strings II 8' #1-#4, String Ensemble; Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; Skinner 1928. This division contains four independent stops of this name, each of 2 ranks.

Orchestral Strings II 8'; Ballroom, Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA; Kimball 1930. This instrument contains two independent stops of this name, each with 2 ranks.

Orchestral Strings III 8', Chancel Swell; First Congregational Church, Los Angeles, California, USA; Skinner/Schlicker/Moller/David 1932-95.

Orchestral Strings II 8', Solo; Extension of the Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Aeolian-Skinner 1951-52.


Irwin[1]: Orchestral Strings.
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